DHQ: Too Early to Unmask Arrested Militants, Suspects not Chevron Staff


Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that it would be too early to name the suspected members and possible leaders of the new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) who were arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Warri, Delta State.

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in response to THISDAY inquiries, said that those behind the recent attacks at the oil facilities in the region would be unmasked at the appropriate time.

He called for patience, saying that the issue at hand is of national interest that requires painstaking investigation.

According to him, the shielding of the suspects’ identities would be crucial towards getting more information needed to apprehend the masterminds of the NDA.

He said: “The names will be supplied at an appropriate time. Please we advise that we should be patient with us.

“We want to advise that this is not a matter that should be rushed as it is an issue that has to do with national interest, which require diligent investigation with a view to unravel more information.”

In the same vein, the Commander of JTF Operation Pulo Shield, Maj-Gen. Alani Okunlola, has called for calm and understanding from members of the public.